Case studies

Positive examples of addressing the health needs of LGB people:

Men Only Tayside

Men Only Tayside is an NHS Tayside clinical service to help prevent HIV transmission and improve the sexual health of gay and bisexual men. This report describes how the service was developed and launched with the participation of men who have sex with men (MSM).

Steve Retson Project

The Steve Retson Project (SRP) in Glasgow is a sexual health clinic especially for MSM and gay and bisexual men which provides a range of services from testing and treatment to counselling and advice on all aspects of men´s health.

The SRP provides an outreach service, Pipeworks, within a commercial gay venue setting in Glasgow. Using brief interventions, this approach has been successful in increasing MSM uptake of sexual health assessment and testing.

LGBT Mental Health and Wellbeing Demonstration Project

The LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing launched this project in July 2010 in response to evidence around LGBT mental health inequalities. Its two objectives were to:

  • establish and deliver an effective LGBT Mental Health Service for Lothian
  • start building an evidence base around how to reduce health inequality across Scotland in the long term.

A range of one-to-one and group services were established alongside work with mainstream mental health services to improve their inclusivity and accessibility.  

The LGBT Mental Health Demonstration Project: Impact Report 2010-2014 shows how the community-led project approach improved participants' mental health, led to improved feelings of resilience and reduced feelings of isolation. The project demonstrated how to deliver an effective LGBT mental health service for Lothian through partnership working between the NHS, Scottish Government and third sector organisations.

Updated May 2015

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